Church of Light (Ibaraki Kasugaoka Kyokai Church) by Tadao Ando

It’s no secret that Ando is my most favored architect, if not a personal hero, for countless reasons. According to architectural zeitgeists and man-made -isms, he would most definitely fall under Modernism or Critical Regionalism, to be more precise but I believe that his style eludes categories. 

Light and space are two elements definitive of Ando’s palette and philosophical framework, most evident in the Church of Light; a small chapel situated in Ibaraki. This particular architecture is an exhibition of his mastery of coexistence, duality and restrain. Natural light, beyond human control, is easily manipulated with grace and poetic exactitude to delineate the boundaries of the physical and the invisible. Ando employs the void/darkness - the emptiness and nothingness of a space with light to bring in an ethereal kind of spatial perception and sublimity, which I never expected to experience in this lifetime without trying too hard.The concrete walls were full of grit but smooth as a lacquer-finished texture and minimal ornamentation can be observed, not that it needed any in the first place. The light coming out of the cruciform slit appears to be alive whenever the sun or an outside intervention within the periphery makes any movement.

The thought and design process behind this wasn’t that grand at all. In fact, this was just a simple play of extrusions and volume contrasts where one admits light inside a space and let it gradually recede, but Ando’s craft and precision is of its own inimitable caliber. He knows where and how things should fall into place in a very humble manner. His greatness never relied on the loud, the imposing but rather on the unobtrusive character of architecture. 




Face Off

Capturing the first moments of their careers, Piczo shoots new faces, at home.

What makes one face a model and another not? Is it symmetry or feature proportion or electric eyes or far apart eyes or turned down lips – and do all of those things equal a model? Or none of them. Photographer Piczo has been finding and shooting new faces for i-D for a few years now, and recently compiled this collection, taken at his house. With zero styling and zero make up, you get the person before they’ve become the model, and it’s a beautiful phase, that won’t last long.

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these are beautiful

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"I finally understood that great works don’t begin as great works. They begin as rough ideas. I realized that creation is a process. I thought if I can understand the first step I can learn the next step. I was fully aware that I had much to learn, but I was confident that I could learn it.

Here’s a rough sketch of my own. This is the sketch that later became the cover for The Bad Beginning

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Eye catching is one way to put young photographer Hana Haley’s colorful photographs. http://bit.ly/1qMNxgb

Found a band that got my attention last night at the battle of the bands.

anyone knows where I can listen to Dear Molly’s music? can’t find them on facebook and twitter. 


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What happens when you make paintings out of floppy disks which are considered obsolete media and no longer in use and portraits created out of vintage film negatives, x-rays, and microfilm?

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